Quogue Community Notes, June 26

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The July 4 weekend, the firing of the second stage of the rocket known as the summer season around these parts, is only seven days away. And that means that the Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s “Wild Night for Wildlife” fundraiser is exactly one month away, so it seems all is in readiness to really get this party started.This year’s Wild Night, the eighth such celebration for the refuge, will be held on Saturday, July 26, at the historic home of the Post/Rich family in Quogue. Tickets for this worthy benefit that supports the refuge’s resident animals, environmental stewardship and educational programs for children, families and adults are currently available at www.QuogueWildlifeRefuge.org, or by calling the Refuge Nature Center at (631) 653-4771.

The annual event is the largest fundraising effort for the refuge, providing a major portion of the operating budget for this nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental awareness and education. The gala celebration is replete with cocktails, generous hors d’oeuvres provided by Buoy One of Westhampton, desserts by the UpsideDown Cheesecake Company; wine by Lieb Cellars, beer by Brownstone Brewing Company, and a VIP rum tasting by Sag Harbor Rum and whiskey tasting by Long Island Vodka’s Pine Barrens Whiskey. Also, live music performed by the Times Square Orchestra, a silent auction and a live auction overseen by auctioneer Bill Ritter of Channel 7 News and 20/20.

Perhaps the most unique feature of this fundraiser, though, is the opportunity for guests to get up close and personal with some of the refuge’s resident animals—a great experience in its own right, as well as a chance for very special photo ops, selfies or standard.

The refuge is hopeful as ever that generous companies and individuals will donate items for the Wild Night’s silent and live auctions. With an anticipated attendance of nearly 500 guests, companies can be assured that the donated products will be taken back to some of the finest homes on the East End and beyond, making this a great way to expand a loyal customer base. All donations are tax-deductible and will be officially recognized in the benefit program.

All donors will join a dedicated group of people who work to help preserve the Quogue Wildlife Refuge and its 305 acres of woodlands, fields and ponds, and all the creatures that live there. This invaluable resource for the entire East End is open to visitors from sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year, free of charge.

All those interested in making a donation should contact Anne White at (631) 653-4771, or by email at info@quoguewildliferefuge.org.

Interestingly, almost exactly one month after the Wild Night for Wildlife, it will be time for the Hampton Theatre Company’s benefit celebration in honor of its upcoming 30th anniversary season, on Sunday, August 24. But more on that anon.

Speaking of invaluable resources in our community, especially in terms of the spirit of volunteerism, the Quogue Association presented the Quogue Bowl to Lynda Confessore at the mayor’s State of the Village address a few weeks back.

Ms. Confessore was awarded the bowl for her many years of dedicated community service to Quogue, including as president of the Quogue Library Board of Trustees, director of marketing for the Westhampton Garden Club, past president of the Quogue Association, involvement in the Junior Sports program at the Quogue Field Club and her work with the Concerned Citizens of Quogue.

At Quaquanantuck offers most sincere congratulations to this beautiful model and shining example for us all.

An interesting presentation is coming up at the Quogue Library this weekend, as John D. Manbeck discusses “Brooklyn Bridge Forever: A Monument in Stone and Steel” on Sunday, June 29, at 2 p.m. His talk, illustrated with a PowerPoint presentation taken from archival and contemporary sources, will map the development and construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and show how 19th century pioneers overcame natural impediments to create a span that came to be known as “The Eighth Wonder of the Modern World.”

Among the topics to be addressed are such questions as: what problems did the Roeblings face and why did the construction take more than 10 years longer than anticipated? What does a “hand-made” bridge have to offer contemporary New Yorkers?

Sunday’s program, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council of the Humanities. For more information or to register, call the library at (631) 653-4224, ext. 101.

More academic success for At Quaquanantuck and all of our community to applaud this week:

Kara Rae Stucklen, the elder daughter of Rich and Claudia Stucklen of Quogue and sister of dean’s list student Bridget, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, at commencement exercises held on May 10.

Also, Jeffrey Sherman of Quogue made the dean’s list for the spring semester at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Jeffrey is in the game design and development program in RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

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